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09092017 – 102 05-10-2017
Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal chairs a high level meeting on Safety

Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal today held a marathon meeting with members of full Railway Board & Safety Directorate of Railway Board to comprehensively review Safety measures for train operations. A detailed presentation o­n Safety was made at the meeting. There was threadbare discussion o­n the subject and the root cause of repeated cases of train accidents in recent past was thoroughly analysed. In the meeting, the Minister emphasised that the safety is paramount and there cannot & should not be any compromise o­n this front.

Two major causes leading to accidents were identified as:

a.Unmanned Level Crossings

b.Derailments due to defects in tracks

The special focus of the meeting was to identify measures to reduce accidents due to derailments which has emerged as o­ne of the major causes of Train accidents. Minister of Railways gave following directions to the Railway Board to ensure Safety in train operations:

1.All unmanned level crossings should be eliminated expeditiously o­n the entire Indian Railway network in a year’s time from now.

2.Track Replacement/renewal should be accorded Priority & the tracks (rails) earmarked for use for constructing new lines should be diverted to places/ stretches which are prone to accidents & where replacement is due.

3.The procurement of new rails should be expedited o­n a large scale with a view to complete construction of new lines in time.

4.The manufacturing of conventional ICF design coaches should be stopped forthwith & new design LHB coaches o­nly should be manufactured.

5.Anti-Fog LED lights should be installed in Locomotives so that unhindered safe train operations can be ensured during fog season.

The Minister directed the Railway Board to monitor implementations of this action plan o­n a regular basis.

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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